If your central AC unit is starting to show its age, you may be wondering whether it’s time for a replacement or if you can get away with a repair. Of course, the answer to this question depends on a number of factors, including the age and condition of your unit, the severity of the problem, and the cost of repairs.
In general, AC units that are more than 10 years old are probably not worth repairing. Units that are less than 10 years old may be worth repairing if the problem is relatively minor and the cost of repairs is not too high.
If your unit is old and the problem is major, it’s probably time for a replacement. If the problem is minor and the cost of repairs is not too high, you may be able to get away with a repair. Ultimately, the decision of whether to repair or replace your central AC unit is up to you.
Read on for different questions you have to consider to guide you on whether you should repair or replace your central AC unit.
How Old Is Your AC System?
If your cooling system is more than 10 years old, it may be time to start thinking about replacing it. Even if it’s still working, a new system will be more energy efficient and could save you money in the long run.
If it’s less than 10 years old, it may still have a lot of life left in it. But if it’s more than 20 years old, it’s probably time for a replacement.
Another factor to consider is how often you’ve had to repair your system in the past. If you’ve had to call for service more than once or twice a year, it’s probably time for a new system.
How Are the AC’s Humidity Levels?
If your humidity levels are too high or too low, you may encounter the following issues:
- Health problems such as dry skin, nosebleeds, and respiratory infections
- Damage to your home, including cracked paint and furniture
- Discomfort due to the dry, dusty feeling
Ideally, you’ll want to keep the humidity in your home at a comfortable level, around 30-50%.
If you’re not sure what the humidity levels are in your home, you can purchase a hygrometer, which is a device that measures humidity.
Once you know the humidity levels in your home, you can decide whether or not replacing your HVAC unit is the best option. If the humidity levels are too high or too low, replacing your unit may be the best way to achieve a comfortable level.
We hope that this article has helped point you in the right direction as to whether your central AC unit should be repaired or replaced. As you can see, these tips can be helpful in terms of maximizing your resources. This, in turn, will help you carefully manage and channel your resources.
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